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Cabo Polonio Uruguay

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Cabo Polonio National Park, Uruguay (Oct. 30, 2012)

A small and friendly fishing village, Cabo Polonio is divided by two magnificent beaches. Behind, lies gigantic dunes while at the tip of the peninsula, the iconic lighthouse protects one of the wildest part of Uruguay’s coast.

Cabo Polonio has one of the largest sea lion colonies in South America. Progressively, the seals have made the two islands to the east and north of the village and the tip of the peninsula their home, making them easy to observe from the top of the lighthouse. It is also common to see whales seeking refuge in the calm waters from the end of September to November. If you are lucky, you might even get the chance to swim with dolphins and toninas (large black dolphins) in the shallow waters on the southern beach.

Previously ‘a natural reserve’, Cabo Polonio’s reserve was granted the status of National Park in 2009.  The Ministry of Environment is adamant about protecting this land for its geographical location and unique ecosystem, by limiting the quantity of residents and tourists into this out-of-the-world, coastal resort.

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